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Citizens of Port Clinton: Enjoy our spring but don’t be a “Grasshole”

It’s that magic time of year that we all have been waiting for…when flowers are popping up and grass is growing several inches overnight.  And it’s also that time of year for us to be considerate and mindful of how we maintain our property.   

We do this by keeping our lawn clippings in our lawns and not in our streets.  Sadly there are those who, whether ignorant or inconsiderate, blow their grass into the streets, where it clogs our storm sewers and eventually gets into the lake, contributing to our growing algae problem.

So again this year I ask you “Don’t be a Grasshole!”  And, if your neighbor is one, politely ask them to stop.  All it takes is the foresight to aim the lawn mower chute AWAY from the street.  (The clippings are good for your lawn, but bad for our sewers.)

And, if you need an extra incentive to be considerate, the Mayor and City Council recently discussed reemphasizing enforcement of the ordinance prohibiting this littering – with a fine and/or court appearance awaiting violators.

Yours in Cleaner Streets,

Jeffrey H. Bryden

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“There is energy in this city”

Front row (L to R): Cole Hatfield, Vince Leone, Linda Hartlaub, Senator Randy Gardner, Margaret Phillips, Edna Hansen. Back row (L to R): Gabe Below, Lisa Sarty, Mike Snider, Ron Auckerman, Jerry Tarolli, Nicole DeFreitas.

Senator Randy Gardner stopped by to make a special appearance at the Port Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday, April 22. After the regular business of the council meeting, Senator Gardner took the time to say a few words regarding his thoughts on what is happening in Port Clinton.

"There is energy in this city," said Senator Gardner. "Things are happening here. It's not the state's place to tell a city council how to govern, but I can see the positivity between people of the city and the council. The Madison Street transportation plan appears to me to be a strong project. There are other issues to be decided in this community and that will come along with time."

"This community has seen tough times, but there is potential here," said Gardner. "I want to show my support for positivity."

Mayor Vince Leone thanked Senator Gardner for his participation in the Madison Street downtown revitalization plan.

"The leadership here has presented a strong case," said Gardner. "I am optimistic. There have been differences in the past, but I hope that Port Clinton can move past that."

Senator Gardner also visited a Port Clinton City Schools Board of Education meeting this week.

At the last city council meeting, which was held April 8, council made a motion to apply for grants to fund the six million dollars needed to go forward with Washington Properties and their proposed plan for the development of Waterworks Park. Seeing the need to take action, council motioned to wave the three readings of the proposition to apply for the grants. This would enable the grants to be applied for more quickly and council felt that was imperative for application.

The next council meeting will be held on May 6 at 7:30 in the council chambers.

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Downtown development

The front page of The Beacon March 27: Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development; 84% to 16%. If there were a contest for joke of the year, this would be a sure winner. There has only been one vote that truly told what the citizens thought about developing the citizens’ park and that was voting day when Vince Leone was elected mayor; an unknown running against one of the most popular mayors Port Clinton has even had.

Mr. Leone won because he never once said he wanted to develop the citizens’ park. He said what citizens, like myself, wanted to hear. Our ex-mayor lost because she wanted to develop the citizens’ park. So let us forget all these silly little surveys and pay attention to the one that all the citizens voted on.

Now we hear about 585 new jobs that will pay an average of $18,800 a year. Even if this is true, these are not the kind of jobs that will have people moving into Port Clinton. These are the kinds of jobs that have people moving out of Port Clinton. 585 new jobs that will average $18,800 a year, now that is a good joke, but let us get serious,  folks; what would we do with 585 new jobs when we can’t fill the jobs that are available now?

Drive down Perry Street and look at all the help wanted signs and tell me, do we need more of these jobs?

You citizens have asked why I stopped writing letters to the editor, I never stopped, I just can’t get them all published anymore. From now on I will try to get my letters in all three local papers. Tell me, citizens, do you really want West Perry Street to look like East Perry Street? Let us vote on it.

Bob Walls Sr.
Port Clinton

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